DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News) – January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and child advocates are trying to raise awareness about the growing problem in Texas.
According the statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, there were 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in 2016.
Dr. Bob Sanborn with Children at Risk said the problem involves a growing demand in Texas for children and young women and men.
“When we look at demand across the nation, there is seemingly more demand in the state. There are more illicit brothels in Texas than anywhere else disguised as massage parlors,” he said.
Dr. Sanborn said the faces and ages of the victims are tragic.
“In Texas, we’re seeing it happen at the average age of 12. That means it’s also 10,11,13 and 14,” he said.
If you suspect that your child has fallen prey to this epidemic, call the National Human Trafficking hotline at (888) 373-7888.
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